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October Releases

October Releases

Yes, you read that right. Releases, as in plural.
Bridger 2: Burned Bridges is slated to drop 10/13!
I’m really excited for this one even though I still question my ability to develop stories in this incredible genre. To be able to craft a universe where Bridger and his cohorts thwart evil is thrilling to me, even if it’s not up to par with those who normally swim in these waters.

Another project that I’ve been toiling on is slated to drop 10/27 and it’s starting to populate for preorder on Amazon as I type this.
Nocturna is an exciting new series that…well, it’s been a whirlwind getting this one ready! I started this a little over two months ago and have been hitting it hard and heavy on the daily. I finished Nocturna 4 in the wee hours this morning and sent it off for editing. So far, my primary beta reader really loves the series and is eagerly awaiting N5 to fall into her greedy hands!

I want to take a moment to brag here. (Yes, I’m tooting my own horn but only because others won’t toot it for me!) The editor attached this to the email when she returned the first in the series: “Heath, this new one is amazing. So creative….you OWN this genre. Can’t wait to sink my teeth into book 2.” I wish I could add that to the dust jacket.
I hope that I’m not setting myself up for failure by sharing that. Just because the beta (my missus…who reads everything I write and is my best critic) and the editor loved it, doesn’t mean it will be well received by the reading public. Time will tell.

For those who are going to ask, yes, the plan is to drop all four of the Nocturna stories on the same day. Paperbacks may take a while longer to get formatted since we originally slated all of this to drop around Thanksgiving and I asked that it be moved up. Who knows if we’ll all still be around after the November election anyway, right?

I originally hoped to keep it all a big secret and then just throw it out there and let the readers be shocked, but we all know I’m the world’s worst secret keeper. As soon as Jeffrey Kosh creates a cover for me, I have to share it. His covers are just too awesome to keep under wraps anyway!
The idea that I could keep an entire new series secret? Pfft! Like that could ever happen! So, why not spread the word and let readers know about it from the get-go!

While it would be nice to pull off a surprise like that, I get too excited. Each new release for me is like Christmas. I know that I have a small but faithful following of avid readers who really enjoy the yarns I spin, and trust me when I say, “I love each and every one of you!” Seriously, if it weren’t for you, I’d have no reason to keep writing. It seems that every time I get down because of a bad review or somebody’s negativity, one of you sends me an email or a Facebook message and totally revitalizes me for the next story. That kind of support is worth its weight in gold!
Of course, reviews help too…hint-hint!

Oh, and for those of you who allowed me to use your name and/or likeness in this new series…THANK YOU! The hardest part for me in creating a new universe is coming up with names for people that sound ‘real’. Too many times I’ve found myself trying to use names that sound like they fell out of a comic book.
So, in no particular order, thank you to:
Devra Sackman
Dillon Sapp
Jascha Zimmerman
Jeffrey Kosh (Grant Kosh)
Steven Feasey
Dr. Jeff Norman
Mitch Goodkin
Brandon Visek
Josh Forrest
Lauren Thompson
Debbie Dillis (still sounds like a stripper name to me…)
Cheri Thomas
Mary Ann Peden
Brian Hinnenkamp
Beans McGee
William Hartman
Thomas Aurand
If I missed anybody, I’m sorry, but I’m flying by the seat of my pants on this one.

I think that about wraps it up boys and girls. Please know how much I appreciate all of you and really hope that you’ll enjoy my October offerings.

Until next time, here’s wishing you much love, luck, happiness and bacon.
Lots and lots of smoky bacon.
And coffee.

 
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Posted by on September 28, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

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Bridger 2

Bridger 2

I’ve wrapped up the second edition of Bobby Bridger and his exploits.  It may still be a bit as it’s cleaned up and polished but hopefully soon, it will be available. I still question attempting to dive into the dark and murky waters of political thrillers and espionage, but it’s been such a fun project.

Bridger 2 promo

From the back blurb:

A deadly ghost returns after nearly twenty years to pick off old foes, one by one.

A voice from the past calls Bobby Bridger to warn him before the old team is brought back together to face the threat. After members were singled out for assassination, Bravo Team is pointed in the right direction and takes the fight to them.

Columbian cartels, Mexican Federales, militia members and even the CIA collide in the jungles of Mexico with Bravo Team stuck in the middle.

They all should have brought more guns.

Pro Tip: If you think you want vengeance for old wrongs, think twice before setting your sights on Bridger and his crew.

Yeah, it needs work, but ask anybody, the blurb is the hardest part to write. You have to describe the story without giving away anything. You have to TRY to entice with a hook in just a few short lines and…it ain’t easy.

I just hope that you, dear reader, enjoy the story.

On to other projects!

I actually broke ground on something new for me. It’s called Nocturna. I got a few pages into the story and decided I needed a little inspiration. I immediately reached out to Jeffrey Kosh and told him what the project was about and he whipped me up a cover that really inspired me to push through the tough spots. In fact, his work has planted the seeds and now I’m thinking seriously of making it a series.

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I know, most authors like to sit on their covers and have a reveal party, but I’m not that good at keeping secrets. I loved his concept work and decided to run with it, so that means I HAVE to share!

Set in a near post apocalyptic future, man has faced numerous pandemics, two global civil wars and just when things seem to be at their worst, an asteroid strike that should have been an Extinction Level Event. But mankind does something that nobody expected…they pull together to recover. Things are just starting to look up when…well, let’s just say that there was a surprise hiding in that meteor.

This is still in the early stages but I hope to have it available by Halloween. Fingers crossed!

So, that catches everybody up. I hope you are doing your best during these strange and difficult times. Know that we indie writers are still out here wishing each of you much love, luck and bacon!

Heath

 
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Posted by on August 11, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

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As For Me and My House

I was ready to call it quits.
Not on writing, but on social media, the news, the MSM,…everything that is supposed to keep us connected. I was simply sick of the negativity and the doom and gloom and everybody bickering and back-biting and…I was done. I had reached a point where I seriously wished somebody would stop the planet and let me off.

The idea of finding my own island in the middle of nowhere and declaring myself a sovereign nation really started to appeal to me. But, like the failed autonomous zone in Seattle, there is this thing called ‘infrastructure’ that I wasn’t willing to do without. Little things like, power, water, shelter, internet…FOOD.
>sigh< the best laid plans of mice and men

I had reached what I thought was the end of my rope. I was ready to make a change and move on. I was going to take a more serious look at other social media platforms and adopt one. MeWe seemed promising. But all of my friends were still hanging out at (and griping about) Facebook.

After much soul searching, I made a decision. If I couldn’t change the world around me, I would change the world within.

How?

I CHOOSE to be happy.

I may not be feeling Joy, but I can do my best to express it. I can choose to ignore the ignorant rants and the politicization of EVERY. DAMNED. THING. I can clean out as much negativity from my life as I could and then carry on. CHOOSING to be happy. I can learn from the old proverb, to ‘count my blessings’ and carry on. Rather then wrasslin’ the pig in the mud, I can pick myself up, clean myself off, ignore the ignorance and try to be the best me I can be.

Oh, and trust me, I’m sure that somewhere out there, somebody will find a way to be offended by my choice, declare me an unfit human for choosing joy or twist my words to mean the exact opposite.
For the record:
I. DON’T. CARE.
Like Jesse Ruben sings, “Nothing’s Gonna Bring Me Down”.

Will my decision bring about world peace? No.
Will it bring a little peace to my otherwise hectic world? Dur.
Would the world be a better place if everybody opted to follow suit? I think so.

So, be the best you that you can possibly be. Be courteous. Be nice. Refuse to invent drama. Don’t be pulled in by other people’s negativity. Don’t feel the need to correct every single person you encounter in the world. Let the Golden Rule be your first rule.

Change the world one person at a time. I’m starting with me.

God bless, and here’s wishing you much love, luck and bacon!

Peace!

 
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Posted by on July 7, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

C12 is LIVE!

It’s the end of an era. Caldera is finally laid to rest. After twelve stories, multiple enemies and countless attacks, the survivors of the rage virus can finally breathe a sigh of relief.

No spoilers here though. You’ll have to read for yourselves to see who lives and who becomes a snack for the infected.

As I stated before, Caldera 12 is the series finale. I’ll be moving on to other projects but I feel like I left myself the option to return to some of the characters again. Time will tell on that option.

Your wait is over. Enjoy!
Kindle: https://amzn.to/2N3KguV
iBooks: https://apple.co/37yTKYD
Nook: https://bit.ly/3e6q2MY

 
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Posted by on June 17, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

And the Award for Worst Blogger Goes To

Has it really been two full months since I’ve updated this thing?

Yeah, it has. Usually I try to pass the buck and say, “Well, nothing has really happened since we last spoke” and then try to invent ways to make myself sound semi-productive, but the truth is, stuff did happen.

Let’s start with the release of Caldera 5 Audible!
Yay

Caldera 5 Audible

And…the release of Caldera 6 Audible.

C6 Audible

So, there’s that. And yes, Max is cleaning off a spot to fit in C7 and the rest when his schedule allows.

You really think I would have been all over those, right? I mean, I always tell you that I’ll announce here and at Facebook but once again, I dropped the ball.

In other news…Caldera 12 has been finished and sent to editing. It’s bounced back and forth and has gone into the que with the publisher. I think we’re looking at a June release for that. Maybe we’ll get lucky and see it out around my birthday.

C12

For those of you who have been following along, this ends the Caldera series. I left enough of the characters alive that I could maybe one day go back and address them again, but really, what more could be told after twelve stories?

I’ve broken ground on Bridger’s next escapade. Some of his partners in crime will be returning and a whole slew of new characters will be added to the fold for this story. Special thanks go out to Phil Sammons, DJ White, Lisa Vasquez, Matt Laughlin, Gregg Soares, David Mauk and my childhood friend Mario Gomez for allowing me to use their names for characters. They’re all bad asses in more way than one!

Once I wrap up Bridger 2, I want to move on to other projects that are rattling around in the old noodle and use Bridger 3 as a sort of reprieve for those times that stories go stale or I just need to step away. Believe it or not, that was how Caldera came into being. I had no desire to write any kind of zombie story but when I’d get burned out on the Monster Squad, I turned to another idea just to clear my mind. Before I knew it, Caldera was born and you see what it turned into.

So, enough prattling and apologizing. I won’t promise that I’ll do better but I will promise that I’ll TRY to be better at keeping this place kept up with all of the latest and greatest news and ideas.

Until then, here’s wishing you much love, luck and bacon!

Heath

 

 
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Posted by on May 21, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

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Jeep Edition

As you can tell by the title, I’m wasting time. I should be penning the end of Caldera 12, but sometimes you just can’t force yourself to do what needs doing. You sit at the computer and the next thing you know, you’re surfing cat videos on the web.

Most of you know, I’m a car guy. Especially Jeeps. And Broncos. And Mustangs. And classics and muscle cars and big trucks and… yeah. It’s an addiction.

Anywho, I’ve been adding stuff to my wife’s newest Jeep. She named it Fred. Considering we almost named one of our twin girls Fred, know that my wife has a real affection for that name. So, I’m surfing eBay and Jeep 4X4 catalogs and ordering stuff I shouldn’t be and trying to slip it onto Fred when she’s not looking. Well, while I was doing this, my daughter (the almost Fred) asks if I’d fix up hers a bit. She has a JK Wrangler and it’s vanilla plain. She wanted a cool script on the side of the hood like ‘Mudslut’ or ‘Boobiebouncer’. I had just put a hood decal on Fred so I could see the appeal. While I applauded her taste in decals, I also thought that perhaps she should go with something a bit more ‘factory’. It was then that I realized, Jeep has a metric shit ton of ‘editions’ out there!

You should keep in mind that Jeep has been around since 1941 in one form or another. We’ve had a whole series of CJ models (Civilian Jeep). Then AMC was bought by Chrysler and it was announced that the CJ would no longer be made and my heart dropped. Luckily, Chrysler wasn’t stupid. They rebadged the vehicle, made a lot of improvements and released the YJ Wrangler. Purists hated it. Why? Because it had square headlights. Forget that it had a much more civil ride, plenty of power, a wider track to reduce accidental rollovers and that it handled much better than the old CJ. No, it had to be hated because the headlights weren’t ROUND.

However, this was when their marketing department cooked up a plan to sell even more units. Up until this time, you could get your CJ in the base model, the Renegade which was kind of a middle of the road package and the upper crust was the Laredo. A select few would be fortunate enough to find the Golden Eagle and even fewer would locate and own the Silver Eagle. These were all trim levels, if you will. But once the YJ hit the streets…all bets were off. Jeep released ‘editions’. Islander, Rio Grande, Mountain. The list was growing. And people were buying.

We move from the much hated (but much improved) YJ to the TJ. A short, stubby little jeep that seemed to mix the best of both the CJ lineup and the YJ. With improved ride and handling came creature comforts. A real dashboard. Airbags. A host of comfort and safety items. And sales skyrocketed. With those sales came even more ‘editions’, many of which carried over to the new JK lineup.

The JK was a mixed bag to some. To purists, this thing was HUGE. And now it offered four doors! To somebody who had never really been into Jeeps before, this thing was TINY. Regardless, with an even wider track and even more safety items (and a couple of more doors), the Wrangler became the yuppie/hipster/soccer moms choice for all weather driving the world over. At least they kept the headlights round, right guys?

With the new JK came even MORE editions. Jeep may not be the sharpest tool in the shed, but they know how to market. We were now finding a resurgence of old names like the Islander and the Sahara and the Renegade, but we were seeing so many new ones that sometimes you couldn’t be certain if it was a factory ‘edition’ or not.

Seriously, we soon saw the (I kid you not) DRAGON edition. This ugly monstrosity…er, I mean, this tattooed beauty had a literal dragon etched across the ENTIRE THING.

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Then we saw the Mountain edition. And the Rocky Mountain. And the Smoky Mountain.

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We saw a MOAB edition.

MOAB

A Freedom edition.

Freedom

The return of the Rio Grande.

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The return of the Islander.
Okay, I’ll admit, I have a soft spot for the Islander. Hehehe. Tiki Bob. 🙂

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Then we have the TACTICAL Jeep. The ‘Modern Warfare 3’ Black Ops edition.

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Then there were Arctic and Polar editions.

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Let’s not forget The Recon edition.

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And the return of the Golden Eagle.

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We’ve even seen the return of the Willys. The Jeep that started it all.

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But here’s the thing. For every factory made ‘edition’ out there? There’s at least three others that Jeep owners have made themselves. Everything from Stormtrooper Edition to Beach Bum. From Redneck Edition (they have no teeth but damn are they scrappy!) to Hillbilly edition (they’re engaged to their cousin). There are Jurassic Park editions and tributes to pets. Some are funny and some make you scratch your head and wonder what the owner was smoking.

There are people who do nothing more than create custom accessories for you to personalize your Jeep. Being probably the MOST customized vehicle out there, you’ll see variations of a theme that you never would have guessed. And as difficult as it is to try to describe here, it truly is easier to say, “It’s a JEEP thing. You wouldn’t understand.”

Oh. And what did I put on Gigi’s Jeep?

Gigis

Simple. Tasteful. Nothing too ‘out there’.
She wouldn’t let me put ‘Boobiebouncer’ on there. 😦

 

 
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Posted by on March 9, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

I Dropped the Ball

I just realized that I hadn’t updated the site in a while. Actually, not since C8 and we are anxiously awaiting C11 to drop at the end of the month. That’s just unacceptable.

I’m sorry. I wish I had a valid excuse for letting things lapse here, but I don’t. Since I last posted, both C9 and C10 have released.

C9 C10

For those keeping score, C9 hit the shelves on Halloween and C10 was a Turkey Day release. Now, just after Christmas (when everybody has their new devices) C11 will be available!

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I wish I could say that 12 was soon to follow, but alas, I just got the template laid a few nights ago and it’s been a bit tough getting back into the writing habit. I can say that not all of this time was wasted doing silly stuff like enjoying the holidays with family. I actually got a little work done. Max Zener stepped in to narrate the rest of the series and he was able to pump out C4. We did a line by line with it and I just recently mashed the button so you audiophiles out there will soon be able to enjoy the continuation of the story! Ya know, it’s not easy jumping from C4 to C12. So much has happened since then that…it’s just been tough.

For those of you who have been with this series since the git-go, if you’ve heard the rumors that 12 will be the series end, then you heard correctly. There’s just too many other projects languishing by the wayside. It’s nearly impossible for me to ‘universe jump’ any more. My brain just isn’t what it used to be I suppose. Going from one cast of characters to another takes me a lot longer to adjust to than it used to.

I will say this, though…just because Caldera is ending doesn’t mean that we’ve seen the last of the characters. I actually have a spin off in mind that may or may not see the light of day. I’ve toyed for months with the idea of doing a spin off of the Monster Squad under the IMPACT label and even have a few ideas bouncing around in my noggin. It’s just getting the time and mental faculties sharpened enough to jump back into that world.

Anyway, I’m going to wrap this up. This is time that could be spent writing the tales you love to read instead of sharing mind-spew. So with that, I’ll bid you adieu. We’re caught up on upcoming releases and I promise, I’ll try to do better in keeping you updated.

In case I forget to come back between now and then, Merry Christmas! I hope that you and yours has the happiest of holidays and a prosperous new year!

Love, Luck and Bacon!

Heath

 
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Posted by on December 20, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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Quit Jumping to Conclusions

I have to stop. I just HAVE to. I read something and, like so many others before me, I jump to a conclusion. Man, if I had actually read as many books as I’ve judged by their covers…

Let me explain. And no, this isn’t book related. This is just me airing out my head. And yes, it gets gusty in there.

I’m a car guy. Always have been, always will be. In fact, my mother often told me that my first word was ‘Mustang’ and she claimed that I could spot one a mile away as a toddler.
So, years ago when Jeep first announced their Renegade. I read that it would be ‘based on the Fiat 500 chassis’ and that was all I needed to know. Every time I saw one on the road, I laughed at the drivers. Who could be SO STUPID to buy a rebodied Fiat? I mean, come on.

Then, I actually drove one.

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HOLY SMOKES.

I actually fell in love with that zippy little doo-dah. I mean, it was FUN. Got great gas mileage. The Trailhawk version is actually called by off-roaders the ‘Baby Wrangler’ because you can’t hardly stop the thing! It will go where most other four wheel drives tremble.

So, now I LOVE these things.

If any of you have read my blog over the years, you may remember one of the few times I rambled about something other than writing. I really try not to do it often. However, this one time I went off on FoMoCo (https://heathstallcup.com/2015/03/17/get-real-ford-im-ready-to-quit/)
Shortly after I did, they announced the new Ranger and the new Bronco. I really wish it had been because of the above blog post, but I’m not that egotistical.

ANYWAY, I was excited. Until they announced that they would be using their ecoboost 4 banger. Immediately I was pissed. I’d decided, I would have nothing to do with it and turned my back. I had an F-150 ecoboost and although you couldn’t tell it was a six cylinder, I don’t trust turbos.
I just don’t.

Then I watched a YouTube video from a guy who felt the exact same way I did. And his mind was changed. And that reminded me of the Renegade. And I suddenly felt very… ‘judgy’. So I went through a few more videos. Surely, somewhere out there, somebody would prove the ecoboost 4 banger was a turd.
I watched guys tune one in a Mustang and slip it into a GT only race group. After they smoked a few factory Coyote V-8’s, they were found out and forced to leave. How dare they outrun these wonderful cars with such a heretic engine?!

Okay. So maybe I jumped to an incorrect conclusion. Er, more like an uneducated one. Still, I swallowed my pride and decided that I would give them a chance. And I might give the turbo 4 Wrangler a chance (but not if the same Wrangler is available with the Pentastar V-6). I still hope and pray that Ford will rethink their decision and bring the Bronco out with a naturally aspirated V-6 (dare we pray for a diesel variant?), but either way, I’ll give the new Bronco a chance.

And that’s about it. That’s all I really wanted to talk about tonight. I just had to admit that I was wrong.
Once.
Okay, technically, TWICE, but, it’s sort of about the same thing, so I’m calling it a ‘once’.

Here’s wishing you much love, luck and bacon!

Heath

 
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Posted by on July 25, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

Cliffhangers

Yeah, cliffhangers. We hate them, don’t we? But we also NEED them. It keeps us engrossed in the story.

Think about those books that were total page-turners. You know the ones I’m talking about. You break them open and you’re just gonna read a few pages before bed…until you realize the alarm is going off, it’s morning and you should be in the shower, but you only have one chapter left!

How does that happen?

Well…suspense. You break a story into sections. Usually, there are at least three scenes. Each scene can either be its own chapter or the three scenes combined make your chapters. But each scene, if left on a mini-cliffhanger, has you turning the page to see what happens next.

Now, in a perfect world, each and every scene would have its own cliffhanger ending, each one building suspense until you reach the final chapter and now, the suspense is SO built up that…well, you just GOTTA have the next book now! That’s the whole idea, right? Leave people wanting more.

Yet we HATE cliffhangers. Heaven knows, I do. I’ll never forget the first cliffhanger that had me ready to burst…. The Empire Strikes Back.
OH MY GAWD!! How could they do that?! I mean, REALLY!!

Yeah, well, it’s like that. I know the pain, the frustration, the…ANGER. But at the same time, we need this built up suspense. It keeps us going, forcing us to push through. It helps motivate us to read on, to find the end. If that end ever comes.

So, now you’re groaning, your guts tightening as your mind formulates the question…why is this asshole bringing up cliffhangers?
Yeah, well, I’m pretty sure you’ve already guessed it. C8 left us on a pretty good one. And, well…C9 does the same dadgum thing. Maybe C10 will be…nope? Nope. No…I can tell you with absolute CERTAINTY that C10 is just as bad if not worse.
Maybe 11? We’ll find out. I just broke ground on it tonight.

Oh, and for those of you wanting them now? Sorry. The easy part is done. Now they go into beta, editing, more beta, more editing, etc, ad nauseum. Besides, I have to get ahead so I can switch to a completely different universe. I hope to get Bridger II written soon. Just as soon as Caldera releases its hooks from me…

Peace, Love and Bacon!
Especially Bacon.

Heath

 
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Posted by on June 27, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

C8 Is Out and Other Stuff

Okay, so Caldera 8 went live yesterday. Yay!

Caldera 8

Here’s the obligatory picture that everybody says will help drive traffic to your site.

But that’s not really what I came here to talk about.
I’ve been lucky enough to be invited to speak to a few writing groups. I even joined one afterward. Good people in that group. But…one thing that I’m often asked that I don’t always address well is, “What would you tell yourself if you could go back and give yourself advice when you first started writing?”

Most of the time I think, ‘Don’t QUIT! Write whatever you love and those who love it will find it.’ Or, something to that effect.
But here lately, I’ve been taking more trips down memory lane and I recall a moment when I was ready to pack it all in. I had made the mistake of getting online and reading through some ‘Writer’s Forums’. Oh wow. Some of the people in those places are completely whackadoodle. And yes, that’s actually a medical term for ‘nutso’.

I remember I joined this one group and they were discussing all kinds of topics. And being completely new, I was totally enamored with their replies and their suggestions and…well, I believed them. Imagine that! Believing people you don’t know on the internet.

Anyway, I remember this one guy (who everybody seemed to look to as sort of the group leader or guru or some such) and he was saying, ‘if you write more than 500 words in a day, then it’s crap and not worth reading’.
Well, that blew my mind. I mean, here I was throwing down THOUSANDS of words a day sometimes. Did that mean my writing was crap?
He went on to tell folks that unless you were signed with a Big 6 publisher, you weren’t a REAL writer.
Oh wow. I’m totally screwed then.
Another of his rants was about ‘horror’ and how only IDIOTS read such drivel.
Well, I have no idea what golden pearls of wisdom this guy was writing, but I had concluded that he:
1. Wrote less than 500 QUALITY words per day.
2. Must be signed with at least two of the Big 6 because people just hung on to his every word. And;
3. Whatever he wrote, it must NOT be horror.
He’s so lucky.

Well, needless to say, I was sent into this downward spiral. Seriously, I was ready to just hang it all up and walk away. I mean, who was I to question this guy? Anybody who did dare to question him got raked across the coals by the entire group.
But one voice did. He told him that he was an indie who hired reputable editors and cover artists and he worked his tail off to market himself. He made himself available to his readers and he loved interacting with them. And he made good money doing it. Oh, hell no! This was sacrilege and they laughed this guy right out of the forum. How DARE he say something that went against the great an almighty Oz?!

I actually called my editor at that time. An indie writer who built himself up from the worst possible starting point and remade himself into a force to be reckoned with. He talked me off of the ledge and convinced me that my writing was worthy. If nothing else, let the sales prove that point. Take the risk, believe what he told me and finish what I started.
So I did.
And I’m so thankful that I did. Because of my writing, I’ve met some of the most wonderful people out there. I’ve taken the hits and the less than constructive criticisms and tried to improve my storytelling. I’ve made friends with some of the coolest people with a similar off kilter sense of humor as mine and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this ride.
No, I’m not quitting or anything silly like that. I was just reminded of the time when I allowed nameless, faceless people on an internet forum convince me that there was only one way to do something. And I almost believed them.

So, I guess I wasn’t wrong when I said that I would tell myself not to quit.
But I would also add, don’t listen to internet commandos who proclaim that there is only one way to do something. Look at others who can prove that person wrong and do what they did.
Yeah.
I think that’s what I’d tell myself.
Oh, and exercise more. That way you can eat more bacon. 🙂

 
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Posted by on June 19, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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